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2022 Nov 14

Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med

Management of Chronic Nasal Pain Developing After Rhinoseptoplasty or Nasal Trauma.


Kwon K W, Jang Y J
Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med. 2022 Nov 14.
PMID: 36374260.


Management of patients who experience refractory chronic nasal pain (CNP) of no apparent cause can be unclear. To measure pain outcomes in managing patients with CNP after rhinoseptoplasty or nasal trauma. We retrospectively reviewed patients with CNP after rhinoseptoplasty or trauma, treated with a gabapentinoid drug, local nerve block with lidocaine plus dexamethasone, or both. The study included 28 patients, 12 men and 16 women, of mean age 39.1 years (range 22-66), experiencing CNP after rhinoseptoplasty ( = 22) and nasal bone fracture ( = 6). Pain was distributed at the nasal dorsum (53%), periorbital area (15%), septum (13%), nasal tip (13%), and cheek (6%). The most common types of pain pattern, onset time, and duration were pressing and stabbing pain (41%), immediately developed (43%), and lasting 3-6 months (39%), respectively. After treatment, pain was relieved completely in 12 (43%) patients and mild to moderate in 7 (25%), but 9 (32%) showed no response. Postoperative or traumatic CNP can be a complex manifestation with several atypical characteristics. The combination of a gabapentinoid drug and local nerve block with lidocaine plus dexamethasone improved CNP in 68% of patients.